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Unshakable birds! (Being followed? Being watched?) Run run but never escape the flutter of wings in your chest.

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Demon-faced birds stare daggers from building ledges and at every corner you turn (every corner you turn!) ... Twitching birds (nit-crawling catastrophe carriers), Tourettic birds (odious-odious-odious), birds skulking in turrets (Stone-Feathered Gargoyles, your cries for help

just so much sputtering).

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Featherless. Hopeless! Overwhelmed with bird urges and the compulsion to tic the compulsion to tic the compulsion ...

Are you dreaming? Are you sleeping? (Dormez-vous? Dormez-cheep-cheep ...)

from Strange Birds; Twitching Birds

Sylvia Legris

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